Oh, it’s wonderful… I finally have my real computer back. I have the software all set up to work with my new camera, so I was very inspired to have a photo shoot this morning. When I got my camera a few days ago, I was so excited about taking pictures, but I was editing them on a super cheap laptop and I really missed my bright & big laptop screen. I felt like I couldn’t really see the sharpness of the pictures to edit them well. And the workflow was ridiculous. Lightroom 3, which I’ve been using for a few years, couldn’t open my RAW Nikon D800 photos, so I had to use a DNG converter. So, the workflow was something like – copy pictures from camera to computer, convert in DNG converter to a DNG file, upload to Lightroom 3 and edit, export to Windows Live Photo Gallery to resize to upload, save it to a thumb drive and move it to another computer (the little laptop wouldn’t upload files for some reason) and upload the files. It was a royal pain, so it’s such a treat to just put the pictures in one program, get everything done and put them on my blog.
Now that I was free from the 52 step workflow, I was anxious to snap away. I just started shooting tethered (connected to the computer) a few weeks ago with my D7000 and was really enjoying it. It’ totally changes things when you can do the editing as you shoot. When you see a photograph on a little 3″ screen, it’s hard to tell if the focus is right or if you like the composition or if the tiniest bit of the tripod leg is hanging into your shot. When you see it on the screen, you can analyze and make those adjustments on the spot. Now that I had the updated version of Lightroom, I was able to link it directly to my new D800. I’m pretty sure an angelic choir stopped everything they were doing and gave me a quick, triumphant C chord. It was magical.
I didn’t have anything specific to photograph, so I just worked with some random things that looked pretty. I was shooting with the d800, of course, and my new 50mm f1.4 lens. Here’s the result…
So fun, right?
Now, yes, the upgraded equipment makes a big difference, but shooting with the camera tethered, on a tripod and really taking my time made a huge difference, too. Those are all things you can do with any DSLR camera that won’t set you back a bundle. So, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the fancy gear. Remember that I just bought it and have been doing freelance shoots and even my entire book with a refurbished Nikon d50 and in more recent years, a Nikon d7000.
While I had the camera all set up and I was inspired, I decided to shoot two of my milk paint colors…
…and Eulalie’s Sky.
Yes. I smeared paint all over marble. Nobody panic. It did wash off.
Today is only a few hours old and I feel like it’s a real turning point for me. I’m past the technical troubles (hopefully.) I’m getting my house really cleaned out and organized, which makes me feel like I can breath and relax more. With each trip to the thrift store and each bag of trash that exits the house, I feel like I’m making more room to create. I also recently had an epiphany about my workload and have a fresh perspective on my blog and brand. AND I’m finally feeling like I’m slimmer and more muscular. I’ve lost 22 lbs and I’ve noticed it in my clothing over the past few months, but it’s been in the last week that I have noticed the definition of my triceps (I was flexing for my husband yesterday) and the strength of my legs as I climb the basement steps. I walked by a full-length mirror a couple of days ago and had to do a double-take. Was that really me? I’ve even noticed how full my face looks in my profile pictures compared to now. I really need to get new pictures done!
Maybe it is all of those things I just mentioned. Maybe it’s the change of seasons, the freshness in the air that hints of fall and the orchards that surround my little town that are weighed down with apples so fragrant they waft through the air. Maybe it’s a combination of everything, but I just feel like things are really good and they are about to get even better.
Have a great weekend.
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